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2014 Volunteer Income Tax Clinics

Written on February 27, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

Do you have low-income clients who need their income taxes done?

Click here for the 2014 KCR Volunteer Income Tax Clinic List.

Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair – September 20th

Written on September 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm, by

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm
Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna

This annual event — now in its 17th year — draws 75+ local non-profit organizations who need volunteers to support the programs and services that make our community a better place to live. They are looking forward to meeting and talking with new volunteers face-to-face and providing all the information they need to find their volunteering ‘home’.

For volunteers, this event represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about each organization, and how their personal involvement can make a difference in our community. One stop, with all the answers they need to make their choice (Or choices!) on where they will give of their time. At the Fair, we all come together to help make Kelowna a great place to live!

September Monthly Bulletin

Written on September 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm, by

The September Monthly Bulletin has been released!

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Immigrant Services – Pre-Employment Series

Written on September 4, 2014 at 9:50 am, by

Dates: See below
Location: KCR, #120-1735 Dolphin Avenue

Description: Are you thinking about starting to look for work? Our Pre Employment Program will help you get ready for your job search. Topics include:

  • Discovering Yourself, Your Skills and Interests
    Monday, September 8th, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Creating Resumes and Cover Letters
    Thursday, September 11th, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Gaining Canadian Experience and Networks
    Monday, September 22nd, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Steps for Finding a Job
    Tuesday, September 23rd, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Keeping the Job: Understanding Canadian Workplace Culture
    Wednesday, September 24th, 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Labour Market Information and Identifying Career Choices
    Thursday, September 25th, 9:30am – 11:30am

To Register: Contact Aimee at ac.rcknull@eemia or by phone at 250.763.8008 x140 or Latif at ac.rcknull@fital or by phone at 250.763.8008 x127.

Child minding services will be provided. If you require child minding, contact us in advance!

Come Visit Immigrant Services at the West Kelowna World Music Festival

Written on August 21, 2014 at 10:02 am, by

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Memorial Park, 3737 Old Okanagan Highway (behind Johnson Bentley Memorial Pool)
Cost: Admission to all performances is free

Description: West Kelowna World Music Festival is an artistic showcase, flavoured with the many cultures of the Okanagan Valley. This event is also family focused, offering kids’ zone, multicultural food fair and all ages entertainment lineup.

From 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Come see KCR’s Fashions of the World booth and get a photo souvenir of you in a traditional outfit from around the world. You will also see how your name would look in a different language.

Click Here for more information.

2014 United Way Kelowna Campaign Kick Off

Written on August 18, 2014 at 8:25 am, by

Date: Friday, September 5th, 7:30am – 9:30am
Location: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, 1310 Water St

Join us at the United Way Kick Off Breakfast for the 2014 Campaign
Proudly sponsored by the Gorman Bros. Lumber and The Delta Grand Hotel

Learn how collectively, we can positively impact the three core areas that the United Way is focused on supporting

  1. Helping Kids Be All They Can Be,
  2. Assisting people through From Poverty to Possibility and
  3. Working towards building a Strong Community

The Kick-Off Breakfast is an amazing opportunity to learn how our community partners and agencies work to help 1 in 3 people in our region, and to learn about our exciting programs and new initiatives from this year’s campaign. The more we understand about the resources in our community, the stronger we are, together.

This year, our focus is My Story, My United Way and My Community, it’s up to each of us to be the difference we want to see. Come and enjoy breakfast while networking with our volunteers and participating businesses as they share their passion and their reason for being involved with you, by telling their story.

Together, our stories can make change happen-join us in the movement.

Seating is limited so book your tickets now!

KCR August Monthly Bulletin

Written on July 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm, by

The August Monthly Bulletin has been released!

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The Crisis Line is looking for Volunteers!

Written on July 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm, by

The Crisis Line is looking for empathetic, reliable and committed people to answer calls from individuals in our community experiencing relationship problems, isolation, and mental health concerns.

What we offer our volunteers:
• A way to expand your academic/work experience and build your resume
• Training that will enhance interpersonal and communication skills
• A greater understanding of human behavior
• An enriching way to give back to our community

If you are looking for a powerful and rewarding way to affect the lives of individuals and families in need and can make a 6 month commitment of approximately 16 hours per month to provide support to our callers – we need you!

The Crisis Line is taking applications now for our next training session which starts on September 4th, seating is limited – please call Janet at 250.763.8058 x233 or ac.rcknull@enilsisirc for more information.

Adoption Centre – Information Session

Written on July 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm, by

Next information session will be held on September 24th at 7:00pm.

Please contact our office to register at 250.763.8002, or by email to ac.rcknull@noitpoda.

Summer Program for Immigrant Youth

Written on July 7, 2014 at 8:54 am, by

Are your children new to Canada and interested in having fun and new experiences this summer? From July to August, the Summer Youth Program will be arranging an average of 2 activities per week for newcomer youth.

To register and for more information, contact Fatou Gamatié at ac.rcknull@margorphtuoy or call 250.869.7586 (cell) or 250.763.8008 x153.

The first 2 weeks of activities are:

 
Little Rascals Pony Parties & Petting Zoo
Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 11:00am – 2:00pm
We will be meeting at the entrance at 10:45am. Pick-up is at 2:00pm, please be on time!
Location: 2445 Joe Riche Road Kelowna, 250.765.1246
Do not use your GPS! Head up Highway 33, after passing Esso and Black Mountain Elementary School, turn left at the light (Golf sign). Take your first right (Begley Road), go down the hill, around a couple of switchbacks and up a hill about 100ft. Turn right into the paved driveway and follow to the very end. They are the last property on this private road. Please park in front of the blue barrels.

Description: Pony rides & visit animals in the petting zoo, including a miniature horse, miniature donkey, miniature goats, pot belly pigs, sheep, an alpaca, bunnies, specialty chickens and ducks.
What to Wear: Long pants, rubber boots/runners and sunscreen. Please DO NOT wear flip flops or open-toed sandals.
What to Bring: Hat and a water bottle.

Lunch will be provided. Parents and other siblings are welcome to stay at their own expense.

 
Energyplex
Date: Thursday, July 10th, 10:30am – 2:00pm
We will be meeting at the entrance at 10:00am. Pick-up is at 2:00pm, please be on time!
Location: #130 – 948 McCurdy Road, Kelowna, 250.765.4486

Description: Indoor playground where participants will enjoy the energy cube, trampoline, rock wall, craft room and bungy ride.
What to Wear: Socks are required for all participants.
What to Bring: Water bottle

Lunch will be provided

 
Safari Ridge Adventure Park – Laser Tag
Date: Monday, July 14th, 10:00am – 12:30pm
We will be meeting at the entrance at 9:45am. Pick-up is at 12:30pm, please be on time!
Location: 2216 Horizon Drive, West Kelowna, 250.769.0239

Description: Outdoor laser tag.
What to Wear: Proper footwear for running and sunscreen.
What to Bring: Water bottle

Lunch will be provided.
IMPORTANT: All players participating must have a waiver signed prior to play.

 
Scandia Go-Karts, Arcades & Batting Cages
Date: Wednesday, July 16th, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
We will be meeting at the entrance at 1:15pm. Pick-up is at 4:00pm, please be on time!
Location: 2898 Highway 97N, Kelowna, 250.765.2355

Description: Go-karts, arcades & batting cages.
What to Wear: Sunscreen
What to Bring: Water bottle

Snacks will be provided

KCR is Hiring – Research Consultant for the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Council

Written on July 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm, by

Research Consultant for the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Council

Call for Letter of Interest (LOI)
August 2014 – October 2014

The deadline for submission is July 11, 2014 at 8:30am. Letters of Interest (LOIs) received after the deadline will not be considered.

1.0 Purpose
The Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council announces a call for Letters of Interest from contractors to research the needs and barriers faced by immigrants in the Central Okanagan.

2.0 Project Description
Immigrants account for 15% of the Central Okanagan’s population and significantly enrich our community. The Local Immigrant Partnership Council is looking to hire a Research Consultant who will conduct research on newcomers’ needs and the community’s assets and gaps to meet those needs. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • demographics and trends in the community and its immigrant population;
  • available services (settlement and mainstream services) and the capacity of service providers to support newcomers’ settlement and integration needs;
  • barriers to integration in a number of domains (ex. employment, housing, education, health care);
  • a summary of consultations held with newcomers, employers, service providers, and other stakeholders in the community.

Efforts should be made to include the specific needs of newcomers having never accessed settlement services.

The Research Consultant, under the supervision of the LIP Coordinator, will perform the preliminary stages of the community research by performing a literature review of local resources, which will account for 19% of the overall project. Continuation on to the second part of the research by the hired Research Consultant is subject to the successful and timely completion of the literature review.

3.0 Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • post-secondary education in a related field and at least two years of experience in research;
  • excellent organizational and project management skills;
  • keen understanding of diversity issues and experience working in multicultural settings;
  • experience working with multiple stakeholders to catalyze collaboration;
  • effective interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication, and public speaking skills;
  • knowledge of community resources and agencies, including professional and specialized services for at-risk and marginalized populations;
  • familiarity with issues facing newcomers and barriers facing immigrants in regards to integration in education, social, cultural, and economic aspects of Canadian life;
  • act independently of any community organization and not be in a conflict of interest with any community stakeholders;
  • possess a valid driver’s license and has regular access to a vehicle.

4.0 Deliverables
The successful candidate will complete the following deliverables within a two to three week time frame:

  • conduct a thorough literature search of local community research in the last five years of needs and barriers that newcomers face;
  • identify assets and gaps specific for our communities (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland);
  • summarize any notable trends in the types of needs and the level of needs experienced by newcomers in our community;
  • amalgamate research and highlight points which require greater focus in relation to the research;
  • describe any unmet or emerging needs and how they are impacting, or may impact, service delivery and client demand in the Central Okanagan; whether these factors are unique to a particular client group or area of residence;
  • recommend, to the LIP Council, areas of focus for the remainder of the research project and creation of a Strategic Plan.

5.0 Format of the Letter of Interest
The submitted LOIs should include the following:

  • Name of applicant
  • Brief description of applicant and qualifications
  • Brief description of applicant’s methodology of research (including how the proponent will address the objectives of the project)
  • Bid proposal on the two-week project
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Three references

The LOI should not exceed four pages in length with a 12-point size font.

6.0 Letter of Interest Application Deadline
All applications must be received before July 11, 2014 at 8:30am to LIP Coordinator, Kay Nguyen, at ac.rcknull@yak. Letters of Interest received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Letters of interest will be reviewed by the LIP Coordinator and successful applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Research Working Group for consideration. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.